Monday, April 6, 2015

Black Cat Co-Creator Keith Pollard To Appear at the GRASP Comic Expo in Grand Rapids

Keith Pollard, comic book artist from the 1970's and 80's whose work includes the co-creation ofJune 27-28.
the Black Cat in the Spider-Man universe, will be at the GRASP Comic Expo in Grand Rapids on

Keith Pollard is an American comic book artist, renowned for his concurrent work on the Marvel Comics titles, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Fabulous Fantastic Four, and The Mighty Thor in the late 70's.

In 1974 Pollard launched his professional comics career, penciling such titles as, Deadly Hands of Kung FuMaster of Kung FuAstonishing Tales, The Inhumans, Jungle Action Featuring The Black Panther, Black Goliath, and The Invincible Ironman. He was the regular penciller of The Amazing Spider-Man from issue #186 (Nov. 1978) through issue #205 (June 1980) and illustrated the second story in the back of The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981). With Pollard collaborating with writer and co-creator Marv Wolfman, The Black Cat debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979).  They were also the creative team for both The Fabulous Fantastic Four #200 (Nov. 1978) and The Amazing Spider-Man #200 (Jan. 1980). In 1982, Pollard became the regular pencil artist of The Mighty Thor issues #286-320.

In the early 80s, Pollard began penciling for DC Comics where he illustrated The Green Lantern #157-165 (1982-1983), and with Marv Wolfman, kicked-off The Vigilante series.

Besides working for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, Pollard also worked for Atlas Comics, Milestone Comics and others.  He was a guest artist on many other titles such as The Avengers, The X-Men, Deathlok, The Teen Titans, Worlds Finest, Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, The Eternals, Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Hardware, Icon, Static, just to name a few. The Silver Surfer: The Enslavers is a graphic novel he wrote and illustrated for Marvel Comics with Stan Lee scripting, in 1990 and he drew all the character profiles for the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition.

"Keith is one of those guys who actually has had a hand in the creation of an iconic character in the comic universe," said event director Mark Hodges. "The Black Cat is a commonly cosplayed character at comic book conventions, and Keith created the look. We are happy to have Keith at the GRASP Comic Expo."

The GRASP Comic Expo will be held on June 27-28, 2015, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Other artists attending the GRASP Comix Expo include Marvel Zombies artist Arthur Suydam and Wolverine colorer Joe Rubenstein. Sponsored by the people who bring the annual Grand Rapids Comic-Con to west Michigan. For more information go to 

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